How to get ball off of hitch?

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  1. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying to get the ball off of the reciver. It seems to be stuck. Does anyone know a way i can get it off. I have tried a wrench.

    thanks
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    If you are talking about loosening the nut off the ball then you will need 2 large wrenches. I had to use a 22" on the ball and a 3' pipe wrench on the nut last time I took off a ball. Heat can help too.
     
  3. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    my DH said to heat it and then it gets hot smack it with a hammer. thats what he does.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Hubby suggested putting a pipe on the wrench for more leverage to loosen the nut on the ball..
    if thats the problem..
     
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I agree with PC - two wrenches does it for us.
     
  6. Dr HaHa

    Dr HaHa Grinning Chicken Lips

    Feb 11, 2009
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    Pipe wrench on the ball, large wrench on the nut. Might have to add heat and cheater pipes to wrenches. Might end up flame wrenching it off. Next ball put heavy grease or anti seize on the threads, tighten well!
     
  7. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    Load up the trailer full of Faberge eggs, horses, doughnuts, whatever, get 'er on a highway, then go uphill. If there is nobody behind you, the hitch will keep. If there is a line of traffic behind you, she's gonna let go.
     
  8. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

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    Soak in WD-40... give it an hour, put a pipe wrench on the top and cressent wrench on nut to break loose. WD-40 will desolve rust and lubricate the threads. If that fails, heating torch is the next step. [​IMG] Hope it works out!
     
  9. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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  10. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I called my grandpa too and he told me to use WD-40 and two wrenches and if that didnt to get the tourch out lol Seems like great minds think alike. Its soaking in WD-40 now.
     

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